Adorno's Aesthetics of Music

Adorno's Aesthetics of Music

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This introduction to the aesthetics and sociology of music of the German philosopher and music theorist T. W. Adorno is the only book to deal comprehensively with this topic and it has quickly established itself as a classic more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 4 music examples
  • 1139238396
  • 9781139238397

Table of contents

1. Constellations: towards a critical method; 2. The development of a theory of musical material; 3. The problem of mediation; 4. A material theory of form; 5. Social content and social function; 6. The historical dialectic of musical material; 7. The disintegration of musical more

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'Paddison guides responsible readers back and forth between his own work and Adorno's in a stunning process of dialectical illumination. In addition, Paddison's control of his material has given him the perspective to go beyond mere emulation of Adorno's methods to a useful critique of his musical enterprise ... It is a book that one can present without embarrassment to graduate students conversant with the most up-to-date intellectual currents; even in the shifting sands of the increasingly postmodernist university, Paddison's book, like Adorno's work, has not only the sharp intelligence but also the irreducible multivalence to hold its own as a focus of study ... [this] is a book that both in its contents and in its example constitutes an utterly reliable as well as endlessly rich guide to what may be the most important and most difficult musical thought of the century now passing. Max Paddison has written a magnum opus.' Rose Rosengard Subotnik, Journal of the Royal Musical Associationshow more

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